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7 January 1976 (UK) See more »
Ripping Yarns is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.
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Brilliant - Eric Olthwaite's a Classic See more (5 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 5)

Michael Palin ... Bank Manager / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
Charles McKeown ... 2nd native / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1979)

Series Directed by
Jim Franklin (5 episodes, 1976-1979)
Terry Hughes (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alan J.W. Bell (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Writing credits
Terry Jones (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
Michael Palin (9 episodes, 1976-1979)

Series Produced by
Sydney Lotterby .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Original Music by
Dave Howman (1 episode, 1979)
André Jacquemin (1 episode, 1979)
Trevor Jones (1 episode, 1979)
Series Film Editing by
John Jarvis (4 episodes, 1977-1979)
Ray Millichope (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Production Design by
Martin Collins (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gerry Scott (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Costume Design by
Barbara Lane (2 episodes, 1977)
Robin Stubbs (2 episodes, 1977)
Roger Reece (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Makeup Department
Jean Speak .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1977)
Sue Bide .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1977)
Jill Hagger .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Art Department
Ian Hewett .... graphic designer / graphics designer (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
John Stout .... design (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Sound Department
Ron Edmonds .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 1977-1979)
Ron Blight .... sound recordist / film recordist / ... (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Bryan Showell .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1977)
Series Visual Effects by
John Horton .... visual effects (4 episodes, 1977-1979)
Series Stunts
Stuart Fell .... stunts (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Hall .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Mike Radford .... photography (2 episodes, 1979)
Alan Stevens .... photography (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Lane .... costumes (1 episode, 1977)
Lynda Woodfield .... costumes (1 episode, 1977)
Valerie Bonner .... costumes (1 episode, 1979)
Series Editorial Department
Dan Rae .... film editor (1 episode, 1979)
Series Music Department
William Walton .... composer: theme music "Fanfare from Facade Suite No.1" (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
Series Other crew
John Adams .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1976-1979)
Eddie Stuart .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1977)
Marcus Plantin .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1977)
Carol Abbott .... director's assistant (2 episodes, 1979)
Sue Bennett-Urwin .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1979)

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30 min (9 episodes)
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At least three "Ripping Yarns" were never fully realized. According to Palin and Jones, "The Seawolf", "Rizzo The Wonder Dog" and "Dracula At St.Dominics" were started, but never completed.See more »
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Featured in 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy (2014) (TV)See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant - Eric Olthwaite's a Classic, 1 June 2000
Author: Edward Davies ( from Birmingham, England

Brilliant. 'More Ripping Yarns'#2 is the best tape. The Eric Olthwaite episode depicts the sudden charisma, which the most boring man in Yorkshire acquires when he accidentally becomes a robber of banks (and rain gauge records). Dialogue you'll drive your friends mad with for years to come. Visuals, which make loving mock of "When the boat comes in" and a host of other TV and film icons. The Whinfrey episode is only OK, but The Claw is back to form: sinister, sad, strange and screamingly funny. Buy it!! You must watch the other 2 tapes, #1 for Golden Gordon and the brilliant, cult-episode Tomkinson's Schooldays and #3 for the wonderfully anarchic but cosily conservative Roger of the Raj. They're all great, but Eric Olthwaite is the greatest and the most grating of them all. P.S. watch out for a sly fleeting reference to Eric in the "Golden Gordon" episode on tape 1.

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